New York Times' Pay-Per-View Plan Is Much More Generous Than Dallas Morning News's

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The New York Times this morning revealed its long-expected plans to erect a pay wall (again) around some of its content: Starting March 28, visitors to the paper's website will be able to access 20 articles every month without paying. After that, it'll cost $15 a month to keep reading. But there will be exceptions. As a subscriber, I just got this note in the in-box from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.:
Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit. For some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles.
Google, incidentally, is among those limited-to-five-free-links search engines. Regardless, The Times points out that it's not the only paper erecting a pay wall; welcome to the new reality. But, unlike most, says the paper, its new system comes with myriad "freemiums," unlike, say, a certain local newspaper:
The Dallas Morning News started putting much of its content behind a less porous pay wall last week, an approach similar to what The Wall Street Journal does with its Web site, where selected content is free but everything else is available only to subscribers.

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Ed D.
Ed D.

There was a note in last Wednesday's "Briefing" that we lucky recipients of that free fishwrapper were also considered "subscribers" and thus could get the special exclusive content on dallasnews.com for free. Just a thought, if anybody really wants to follow every word of Steve Blow's prose, this ongoing giveaway seems like the way to do it.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

When I attempted to look up rates for on-line access, I couldn't find any options that provided for online delivery only. It appeared that all options required me to accept physical delivery of the paper at least once or twice per week. I don't want the headache of having to deal with retrieving and tossing newspapers.

TruDat
TruDat

I've stopped reading the DMN completely since they implemented the paywall. I never considered the quality of DMN online something I should have to pay for, it was beyond annoying. I do however, from time to time especially when traveling, will pay 99 cents for the Wall Street Journal or NYT through my Kindle.

James
James

20 free articles a month plus what comes through search and social media is pretty generous. The casual online readers won't be troubled. People who are reading more than 20 articles a month obviously see value in the newspaper and are more likely to pay the $15 per month. Their monetizing the low-hanging online fruit while not turning away the general news-surfing population.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

My DMN site visits are down from many times a day to a couple times a week. Then I realize they are idiots and have put even mundane crap, restaurant reviews, and chats behind the wall and I close the window. Cowlishaw did a smartass tweet yesterday about a paywall chat being barren that amused me.

The best part? I can subscribe to The Daily on my iPad for a YEAR for $40. Their content is original, not half bad, at least better than the DMN's AP wire reprints (The Daily's quake coverage has been rather good), and I don't have to pay a ridiculous per month price to read yet another JJT column about the Cowboys.

Screw you, Belo.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Doesn't less web traffic=less ad revenue for online pages? I would have to think with the consensus here that most people aren't paying, I can't see that cost being offset with a subscription. I doubt they'll ever release those numbers though.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Well, the time has come. I told myself that as soon as the NYT started charging, I'd cut back to Wed.Sun (love the funnies) on the DMN. Most of the national and international news in the DMN is day-or-so late NYT articles that I've already read on-line, so if I have to pay for NYT, it doesn't make any sense to keep the DMN.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I only go over there for the aviation blog, and they day that gets paywalled is the day im done. I dont go anywhere else on that website. When I tried to go to Evan Grants live chat and that was paywalled, I laughed and gigled thinking about how stupid the DMN really is.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Kerry, you can edit posts. But you have to register to use DISQUS. And as I've said before, you don't have to leave any personal info. But it does allow for editing.

Clancey
Clancey

Been waiting for the Observer to observe, anybody paying for the DMN content?

shrubstex
shrubstex

Up until very recently that was true, but if you go the website. There is an option that allows us only access at Dallasnews.com , No I pad, or apps. etc. Since I wanted Scott Cantrell's reviews I had to subscribe.

Clancey
Clancey

James. James. Used to be kid named James who hung around the Channel 8 building, grew up to become Publisher of DMN. All jobs at Channel 8 and DMN were heavily advertised, Publisher wasn't, he just ended up with it. Wonder how that happened?>

cp
cp

I quit even going to the DMN to browse what's not behind a paywall..... I guess I can get my news elsewhere. I think the Observer could up it ad rates at this point.

Nachoman
Nachoman

No way. In fact I have to go to the Telegram now because the DMN site is pretty much useless now.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You got a better one? For eleven cents a day?

Kerry_okie
Kerry_okie

I cancelled my subscription (which I've had since the DMN killed the Herald) over this very issue. The News sent me a note telling me they were changing my billing from quarterly ($85.50/qtr) to monthly ($33.95/mo). I guess they thought I would notice the $16.35 increase per quarter increase. I complained, and was told they had raised the rates last year, but hadn't passed the increase on to me. Right.

I later discovered that the increase was largely for the online content - which I never use. I also discovered you can opt out of it - and save a penny per month. I'm not kidding - look for yourself.

Joeabboud
Joeabboud

And the DMN is about 30 cents a day for iPad-only access.

Joeabboud
Joeabboud

I'd rather pay to not read the daily.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Set up a disqus account,and you can.

(Aaaand, here's proof. I just got down to M. Wilonsky's post.)

Kerry_okie
Kerry_okie

Edit to above:

I guess they thought I wouldn't notice the $16.35 per quarter increase.

Note to DO:

Can't you get a better software package that allows edits to posts?

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